In an endeavour to counter shortage of beds for COVID-19 patients, the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) has constructed a 1000-bed facility in the national capital.
The initiative is a part of several measures recently undertaken by the Centre to ramp up healthcare infrastructure to combat Corona pandemic. The facility in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs has been set up on Ulan Bator road in Palam, near Terminal 1.
It was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday. The Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy were also present on this occasion.
“Visited the 1,000 bed Sardar Patel Covid Hospital, which has 250 ICU beds, along with @rajnathsingh ji. DRDO built it in record time of 12 days with assistance from MHA, MOHFW, Armed Forces and Tata Trust. Armed Forces Medical Services team will run it and DRDO will maintain,” Shah later said in a tweet.
One of the major highlights is that the wards have been named after the Indian soldiers who have laid their lives for the nation during the India-China stand-off that took place on June15-16 at Galwan valley. The ICU ward has been named after Shaheed Col B Santosh Babu who was the commanding officer and led the team of personnel in the skirmish.